1961. 2nd Battalion, The East Anglian Regiment. Freedom of Lincoln Parade.
These photographs are reproduced by kind permission of Mr Mick Reams.
The 2nd East Anglian Regiment (Duchess of Gloucester's Own Royal Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire) was formed in 1960, as a result of the Defence Review announced in 1957. As a regiment, the 2nd East Anglian, only occupied a very short time in the history of the British infantry - 1st June 1960 to 1st September 1964. Its lineage is continued by the Royal Anglian Regiment. On 1st June 1960, the 1st Battalion, the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment and the 1st Battalion, the Northamptonshire Regiment were amalgamated to form the 2nd East Anglian Regiment. On September 1, 1964 the 1st, 2nd and 3rd East Anglian Regiments and the Royal Leicestershire Regiment were amalgamated to form The Royal Anglian Regiment.
These photographs were taken in 1961, on the only occassion when the 2nd East Anglian Regiment, exercised the freedom of Lincoln. The Freedom parade was on a Saturday, with a service at Lincoln Cathedral on the Sunday.
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